From KwaZulu Natal to the world's stage, rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage
through traditional drama, song and dance.

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Zulu workshopEducational Workshops for All Ages - Nursery to High School, University and Beyond.


ZULU Tradition, is an educational company grounded firmly in the curriculum of Africa's rich history and the established paradigms of Zulu philosophy.

"Choosing peace is not an act of cowardice, but the manifestation of wisdom."

Learning from the Zulus' own turbulent history of tribal war ZULU now brings a message of peace to the world. The excellent, professional cast delivers this subliminal message through drama, song and dance in quality educational performances which will be remembered for excitement, entertainment, spectacle and fun.

Zulu powers of levitation

ZULU's entertaining educational workshops are for young people and adults of all ages. Groups large and small can learn the way of life in Zulu society and about the fundamental philosophy of the Zulu people.

Zulu danceWorkshops encourage and promote:

  • Access to new culture and language
  • Diversity awareness
  • Anti-bullying
  • Breaking down the barriers surrounding prejudice
  • Ethnic, religious and racial equality
  • Community building
  • International understanding leading to local benefits


A day with Zulu is a total cultural experience

Workshops and educational performances
The following workshops are a sample of what workshops are on offer for a school, college, festival or arts centre. It's possible to mix and match different workshops and any workshops at your school or college will be discussed with you and prepared in advance for maximum educational value geared to your National Curriculum requirement. Distinct workshops are interrelated in order to amplify and clearly explain the different aspects of Zulu culture in more depth.

Dance workshopWorkshop Programme
Full Day Includes a choice of workshops from the following...

Times are flexible to suit your timetable and break times. We strongly suggest starting with the General Workshop and Showcase at a start time to suit you, say between 9.15 and 10.00. After that you can select from the choices of half-hour workshops below and fit them in to suit your day

Start your day with one fixed item....

For the whole school or as many as can squeeze into the school hall. This is an essential introduction to your day's workshops and all children attending workshops should attend this introductory session.
A fun interactive workshop highlighting geography, history, language, costume and community of the traditional & modern Zulu. Including the significance of dance & song in a Zulu community. Meet the cast. Experience the heartbeat of Africa in powerful dance sequences and mesmerizing Zulu traditional war chants and songs.

Then choose from...

Dabce like a ZuluDANCE WORKSHOP – 30 minutes
Suggested maximum of 60 pupils, boys and girls (more by negotiation).

Explore Zulu rhythms and learn a traditional dance routine, steps and the meaning behind it all.

SONG WORKSHOP – 30 minutes
Suggested maximum of 60 pupils, boys and girls (more by negotiation). Learn traditional Zulu songs and techniques that are essential in African vocal music.

Suggested maximum of 60 pupils, boys and girls.
You will need to provide participants with drums (any kind). We have an expert drummer with a wealth of experience both locally and abroad. We will work closely with schools on this project
to teach novices and develop the talent of those who already know how to play, but who want to further improve their skills. Drums are associated with spiritualism in the African culture. Plenty of that is explained in the workshop. We specialise in the Kenyan djembe drum and the Zulu bass drum.


Beadwork headdressART & BEADWORK WORKSHOP – 30 minutes
Suggested maximum of 30 pupils, boys and girls.
The Zulu performers, dressed in traditional costume will be live models for art and will explain and show traditional costume, artefacts, masks, African tools (including some of the tools used by magical traditional healers such as ishoba), musical instruments and colourful beadwork and talk about the significance of the designs and how to design Zulu beadwork. Items are on display for the students to examine, photograph and draw. Some are even given an opportunity to try on the masks.
In addition historical information about the artifacts is offered, as well as correct spelling and accurate pronunciation.

Suggested maximum of 30 pupils
Learn how to meet and greet and to say simple phrases in Zulu. Think you know how to pronounce the letter 'X'? In Zulu it's a click in the back of your throat. Language and culture are intertwined. Sometimes it's not what you say. but how you say it. A fun intriduction to Zulu language while putting over concepts such as commumity spirit, anti-bullying, forgiveness and reconciliation and how the Zulu, famed as warriors, choose to live in peace after years of conflict.

Showcase performanceAFTERNOON SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE - 20-30 minutes
For the whole school + parents (if appropriate) in the school hall or theatre space.
Showcasing the pupils' participation during the day the Zulus will present a short, costumed community performance of song, dance and drumming. This will bring the children into the limelight with the Zulus for a live stage performance and will be the culmination of an exciting day of workshops, giving even the most reticent children the opportunity to succeed. A great confidence-booster and superb outcome to the day's activities.

Evening Performances
Available as an extra as a school fundraiser. Please enquire.